Boulder City’s Nevada State Railroad Museum effortlessly preserves the heritage of the fascinating Boulder Branch Line, commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1931 to haul equipment and material needed to construct the massive Hoover Dam. In addition to the static displays of restored railroad equipment that once operated on Nevada’s railroads, the museum currently operates weekend heritage excursion trains on the original railroad line laid down by the Union Pacific.

It took more than a heroic effort to build the gigantic Hoover Dam in the 1930s; it also took a railroad. The Boulder Branch Line, set up by Union Pacific in 1931 to haul all the project’s building materials, lives on in the 21st century as the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City’s excursion train—a scenic 45-minute, seven-mile roundtrip rail ride located less than 30 minutes from Las Vegas.

Visiting the Nevada State Railroad Museum—Boulder City Today 

This unmatched Las Vegas area attraction takes visitors on a trip along the tracks of southern Nevada’s colorful past aboard refurbished and air-conditioned Pullman Coaches dating all the way back to 1911. If you want to be one with the elements, not to worry. The Nevada State Railroad Museum of Boulder City offers an open-air coach, which can be best enjoyed enjoyable in the spring or autumn months.

Enjoy a relaxing ride at the museum most Saturdays and Sundays, or plan ahead and reserve your spot on one of the themed train rides throughout the year. Purchase tickets for the Halloween Express, Santa Train or even the Great Train Robbery-themed ride! If you’re searching for even more of an immersive experience, enroll in the ‘Engineer for an Hour’ program, where you can learn how conduct a diesel-electric locomotive along this historic stretch of track.

The scenic seven-mile, round trip travels along the eastern end of the Boulder Branch Line and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Throughout the experience, passengers can take in stunning views of the sprawling El Dorado Valley, McCollough and River Mountain ranges and Mojave Desert plant life along the way.

The Display Pavilion Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Rail Explorers: Thursday through Monday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (see below for more information)
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Years Day

Train Rides

The Nevada State Railroad Museum—Boulder City is open as an open space, and is not currently operating train rides due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Please note that trains do not operate during the month of January. For more information on special events and scheduled departure times, please dial the museum directly at (702) 486.5933.

Rail Explorers

Rail Explorers operates out of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City Thursday through Monday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. As of late 2020, Rail Explorers is operating at 25% capacity due to COVID-19 safety precautions. For more information about booking an experience through Rail Explorers, please contact them directly via railexplorers.net.

Hours:

The Display Pavillion and Depot Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Admission:

Admission to the Nevada State Museum—Carson City is free to all Museum Members! If you're not a member, admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-11, and free for children age 3 and under. If you're in a group of 12 or more, the rate is $7 per adult.

This Location:

Southern Nevada, Nevada

Region

Southern Nevada